Remorse after raiding friend’s house days before death crash

PUBLISHED: 15:00 18 December 2010

North Somerset Courthouse

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A TEENAGER who died when his car hit a telegraph pole also suffered at the hands of a thief just days before he was killed, a court heard this week.

Billy Davis, aged 19, had the front door of his Severn Road home kicked down and a laptop taken when former friend Michael Gibbs raided his house on September 12.

Gibbs, also aged 19, this week 
admitted to breaking into the young man’s home after watching him leave the Balmoral Hotel in Walliscote Road that evening.

The incident occurred less than a week before Billy died when his BMW car collided with a pole in East Brent in the early hours of September 18.

The teenager was driving his car on the A370 when the accident happened at around 2.10am.

At North Somerset Courthouse on Monday, Gibbs said he had felt remorse after hearing his victim had died days later.

The hearing heard how Gibbs walked to Billy’s home after meeting him in the pub and watching him leave for Tesco Express.

Gemma Kneebone, prosecuting, 
said: “Gibbs had gone to steal anything of value from the house after an 
altercation between another friend of his and the victim.

“He was spotted on CCTV kicking the front door down and moments later returning with a laptop under his arm.”

Judith Mills, defending, said: “Gibbs has said he is remorseful about what happened and he feels particularly upset about it.”

At the same hearing Gibbs 
admitted to stealing four bottles of Red Bull energy drink from McColls in Milton Road after being refused alcohol on October 15.

But Mrs Mills said Gibbs was now turning his life around and had moved back in with his mother and was hoping to study mechanics at Weston College.

Magistrates handed Gibbs an 18-month community order which includes a 10-month supervision requirement and a two-month 
night-time curfew.

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